Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

I just finished the book Siddharta by Nobel Laureate, Hermann Hesse. For a book that’s only 150 pages or so, this book sure packs a punch. If you are at all interested in Eastern thought or Buddhism, I highly recommend this book. It brings up so many great ideas, some of which I’ll discuss below.

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Philosophy and science

Things were much simpler in the old days. The ancients didn’t categorize everything into the many fields and specialties that we have today; they didn’t even have the scientific method. There was just the unknown and the people who investigated it. There were supernatural explanations (religion) and rational ones (philosophy). “Natural philosophy” later became all […]

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Who is a philosopher?

“Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” Plato “…A philosopher… has…[a] structure of thought unified by a purpose for his own life and for mankind.” Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, p. 141

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What is philosophy?

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. –Albert Einstein The word “philosophy” comes from Greek and means “love of wisdom.” Wisdom and knowledge are not the same thing. With the Internet, it is relatively easy to be knowledgeable today; however, knowledge is just a tool. Unless you […]

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